– General Introduction –
Ali Imsirovic is a Bosnian professional poker player. He was born on January 29th, 1995, in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He regularly plays in the biggest high rollers around the world. His live tournament earnings almost reach $12 million. Naturally, he leads the all time money list for his home country, Bosnia.
In 2018, he won the Purple Jacket at the Poker Masters high roller series. This is an annual high buy-in tournament series which awards the player with the best overall performance across its events every year.
In August 2020, he broke the record for the biggest Texas Hold’em cash game pot ever in online poker history. He won $975K in a single hand of $500/$1,000 No Limit Hold’em cash game against Tan “tan4321” Xuan on Natural8-GGNetwork.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2011: His ankle injuries force him to give up basketball, so he shifts his focus to poker, and starts playing online underaged.
- 2019: He finishes second in the £252,500 No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller Bowl London for £900,000. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2020: He wins a record breaking $974,632 pot in a $500/$1,000 No Limit Hold’em cash game on Natural8-GGNetwork.
- 2021: He finishes first in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event #9 at the US Poker Open at the Aria in Las Vegas for $217,800.
– Ali Imsirovic’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Imsirovic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, his family had to flee their home country due to the Balkan war in the 1990’s. They resettled in the United States.
The young Ali was really into basketball. However, when his ankle issues prevented him from pursuing a career in his favorite sport around the age of 16, he found his new passion – poker.
He first asked his father to join his home game, but he didn’t let him, opposing gambling for his minor son. So, Imsirovic decided to start playing online – at the worst possible time in the US, right before the Black Friday events. Thanks to his great academic performance, Imsirovic was able to attend college at the same time, also at age 16. He kept grinding freeroll and low stakes tournaments online on the side.
When he finally turned 18, the legal gambling age in Washington state where he lived, he started playing live tournaments. He saw a lot of success from the get-go. He actually won the very first live tournament he played in, a $60 NLHE tourney in Portland, Oregon.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Imsirovic has $11.995 million live tournament cashes, according to his Hendon page. That sum is the product of ITM finishes in 119 different live events over the course of 6 years. He currently leads the Bosnian all time money list on Hendon by a wide margin.
He mentioned that he won his first live poker tournament ever, a $60 tourney in Portland back in 2013, in an interview with Cardplayer Media on the Poker Stories Podcast. However, that result isn’t recorded. Instead, the first recorded cash on his profile is from November 2015. He came in 46th in the $1,650 Main Event at the Caribbean Poker Tour in the Dominican Republic for $3,630.
The first time he made a live score for over $100K was in January 2018. He took down the $10,150 No Limit hold’em event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $160,050. He beat accomplished American poker pro Ryan Riess heads-up for the title.
Later in 2018, he won the Purple Jacket at the Poker Masters high roller series. This is an annual high roller festival started in 2017, which awards the Purple Jacket to the player with the best overall performance based on their point system.
Imsirovic made it into the money in 3 Masters events that year, winning two of them. He finished first in the $26,000 NLHE and the $52,000 NHE events for $462,000 and $799,000, respectively.
In September 2019, he came in 2nd in the £252,500 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl London for £900,000. That is his biggest single live tournament score to date. He lost the heads-up battle for the title to PokerGO founder and millionaire recreational player Cary Katz.
Earlier that year, in February 2019, he won his first and only WSOP Circuit Ring. He finished first in the $2,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event for $96,659 at the Las Vegas stop of the WSOPC, at the iconic Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
In the last two tournaments, he first won the $10,000 NLHE Event #9 for $217,800; then finished second in the $10,000 Short Deck Hold’em Event #10 for $75,600.
Won the 10k for $218,000 and got a commanding lead in the race for USPO Player of the Series! pic.twitter.com/yAYB2E998S
— Ali (@aliImsirovic) June 13, 2021
He carried his great form over to the PokerGO Cup, which was played a month later, in July 2021. He took down two events (the $10K and the $15K NLHE events for $183,000 and $240,000, respectively); then finished 5th in the $50K NLHE event for $122,500 more.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Ali Imsirovic is yet to win his first WSOP gold bracelet.
In 2019, he came very close to doing just that. He finished 2nd in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event for $213,644. In the same year, he final tabled the $50,000 Final Fifty No limit Hold’em event. He eventually busted in 7th place for $212,292.
Overall, Imsirovic cashed in 17 World Series events for a total of $600,921 combined.
→ Live Cash Games ←
When it comes to live poker, Imsirovic has always focused on tournaments, rather than cash games. He hasn’t appeared on any TV shows or online live streams where he played cash games publicly.
He did appear on PokerGO’s revived version of Poker After Dark, twice. However, in those episodes, the players played Sit&Go’s instead of cash games.
→ Online Poker ←
As we wrote above, Ismirovic started his poker journey by playing freerolls and low stakes tournaments on an undisclosed poker site underaged, at just 16.
He now plays under the screen names “ali23imsirovic” on Americas Cardroom, “allinali23” on WSOP.com and under his full name “Ali Imsirovic” on Natural8-GGNetwork. While his career online MTT earnings aren’t tracked overall, some of his online results have been recorded by numerous poker sites.
For example, in July 2018, he won the $500 buy-in BOSS #1 – $500,000 GTD event on ACR for $90,500.
In April 2020, he took down the $25,500 NLHE event at the Poker Masters Online on partypoker for $446,250. Only a few days later, in May 2020, he made a runner-up finish in the $25,500 WPT Super High Roller online event also on partypoker for $428,750.
Imsirovic made headlines on the poker news sites in August 2020 for breaking the record of the biggest No Limit Hold’em cash game pot ever played. He took $974,631 from Tan “tan4321” Xuan at a $500/$1,000 NLHE table on Natural8-GGNetwork after hitting a flush with AK of Spades on the river against his opponent’s two pair, 9’s and 5’s.
Please note, however, that this isn’t the biggest cash game pot in online poker history as a whole, only in a game of No Limit Texas Hold’em. The overall record still belongs to a $500/$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha hand played between Patrik Antonius and Viktor “Isildur1’ Blom in November 2009. Antonius won that pot of no less than $1.357 million.